Dr McGowan grew up in Victorville, California. She graduated from Victor Valley Senior High school and then received her Bachelor's Degree at the University of San Diego. Dr McGowan began her veterinary career as an educator at the Balitmore Zoo working with the Birds of Prey. She also worked as a veterinary technician prior to attending Veterinary school for several veternarians in the Victor Valley area. Dr McGowan attended Ross University and the University of Minnesota where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She is married with 2 children. She loves dermatology but in addition she enjoys birds, rodents and other exotic pets.